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Re: News from Austria

Post  bb1 on Wed May 17, 2017 9:16 pm

Oh, lucky Austrians! Yet more squabbling politicians hogging the airwaves and papers!

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Post  Lamplighter on Wed May 17, 2017 9:20 pm

bb1 wrote:Oh, lucky Austrians! Yet more squabbling politicians hogging the airwaves and papers!
Par for the course! LL Sleep Sleep
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Post  Lamplighter on Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:33 pm

Austrian court jails parents who took kids to live under IS.

An Austrian court on Friday sentenced to up to 10 years in jail two couples who took their children to live in an IS-controlled part of Syria and showed them execution videos.

The two men and their wives travelled to Syria with their eight children -- the youngest of whom was two years old -- in December 2014, the trial in the southern city Graz heard.

Housed by the Islamic State extremist group, the children had to watch the gruesome videos for initiation and one seven-year-old boy was even present at a beheading.

Defendant Hasan O., 49, denied in court being a member of IS and said that he worked as a masseur treating injured fighters.

"I heard in the mosque (in Graz) that you can live according to Islam there, with freedom for the women and children," he told the trial.

He just wanted to spend "10 or 12 days" there, he said.

The dream soon went sour, however, and the families fled Syria in April 2016. Turkey then extradited them to Austria and the children were taken into care.

All four -- Hasan O. and his wife Kata O., Enes S. and his wife Michaela S. -- were convicted of belonging to a terrorist organisation and of mistreating and neglecting children.

They were sentenced to 10 years behind bars except Kata O. who was given nine years. All except Austrian-born Muslim convert Michaela S. were from Bosnia but all had Austrian citizenship.

The judge said that the sentences were intended to show "that the state of Austria won't accept something like this".

Austria has so far been spared the spate of Islamist extremist attacks suffered in recent years by other European countries.

However some 300 people from the 8.7-million-strong nation have travelled to Syria since the civil war there began, one of the highest numbers per capita in the European Union.


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Re: News from Austria

Post  bb1 on Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:49 pm

Horrible.

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Post  Lamplighter on Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:57 am

Austria's burqa ban kicks in this October.

New Austrian legislation came into force on Friday that will ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places from October 1st.

The outlawing of the burqa or other clothing concealing the face follows similar moves in other countries in the European Union, starting with France in 2011.

In Austria, people who break the new law could be fined up to €150 ($168), according to the legislation approved by parliament in May and signed into law by the president this week.

Other measures include a clampdown on distributing extremist material, and immigrants being obliged to sign an "integration contract".

A 12-month "integration programme" will include courses in "values" and the German language. Failure to attend can result in cuts to social security payments.

The legislation was hammered out by the centrist government amid strong support for the far-right and the arrival of 90,000 asylum-seekers since 2015.

The "grand coalition" under Chancellor Christian Kern collapsed last month and early elections were called for October 15th.

The far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), whose candidate came close to winning the largely ceremonial presidency last year, is riding high in opinion polls ahead of the vote.
https://www.thelocal.at/20170609/burqas-will-be-banned-in-austria-later-this-year
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Post  bb1 on Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:40 am

Good for Austria - those things are an abomination.

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Post  Lamplighter on Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:50 pm

Eleven men go on trial over the horrific deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria.

This photo from a Burgenland police press conference in September 2015 shows the pictures of suspected human traffickers arrested over the death of 71 refugees.

Eleven men go on trial on Wednesday over the horrific deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck in Austria nearly two years ago, in one of the most disturbing cases marking Europe's migration crisis.

The gruesome discovery of 59 men, eight women and four children crammed inside a poultry refrigerator lorry near the Hungarian border in August 2015 sparked widespread revulsion, and it highlighted the plight of refugees at the hands of merciless smugglers.

It also prompted countries along the now-shut western Balkan migrant route to open their borders to hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty, mainly in the Middle East.

The trial is being held in the Hungarian town of Kecskemet because authorities determined that the migrants' deaths had occurred in Hungary.

The defendants -- 10 Bulgarians, one Afghan and one Lebanese national -- are accused of human trafficking and torture.

Four have also been charged with "homicide with particularly cruelty" and face life imprisonment.

They include a 30-year-old Afghan identified as Samsoor L., thought to be the ringleader, and 26-year-old Bulgarian "death truck" driver Ivajlo S.

All have been in custody for nearly two years bar one suspect who remains at large and will be tried in absentia.

The court is expected to issue its verdicts by the end of the year.

Prosecutors claim that the men belonged to a ring that smuggled more than 1,200 people into western Europe at the height of the continent's migration crisis.

The group operated between February and August 2015, and brought migrants to Germany or Austria on a daily basis from June that year.

According to prosecutors, refugees were "often carried in closed, dark and airless vans unsuitable for passenger transport, in crowded, inhuman, excruciating conditions".

In the case of the 71 asylum seekers, investigators found they had "suffocated in horrendous conditions" shortly after being picked up near the Serbian-Hungarian border.

Some 59,000 pages of evidence have been gathered detailing the horror find on the side of the A4 motorway in Burgenland state on August 27th 2015.

An Austrian police patrol had spotted the deserted truck and noticed liquid dripping from the vehicle -- decomposing body fluids, as it would later emerge.

Inside, officers discovered a sea of tangled limbs squashed into a 14-square-metre (150-square-feet) cargo container.

Among the corpses was a baby girl, not even a year old.

Investigations showed that the victims -- all from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan -- had been dead for two days.

The extent of their ordeal was revealed in recently released transcripts of intercepted mobile phone conversations between the smugglers.

"They are screaming the whole time, you can't imagine what's happening here," the driver is quoted as saying in the transcripts obtained by German media.

The suspected Afghan boss orders him to ignore the suffocating people and keep on driving: "If they die... drop them off in a forest in Germany."

German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that Hungarian police had intercepted the chats as part of an ongoing probe into the smuggling ring and failed to act.

But Hungarian officials said the conversations had not been listened to in real time but were recorded for later translation.

"If the Hungarian authorities had had a chance to stop this horrible tragedy, they would have done so," Hungarian prosecutor Gabor Schmidt told the SZ.

Of the 71 victims, all except one have been identified. Most were repatriated to their home countries, while a dozen have been buried at a Muslim cemetery in Vienna.

A day after the death truck discovery, Samsoor L. and his gang had loaded another 67 migrants into a refrigerator lorry and again driven to Austria.

"This time the migrants could kick the door of the load area open, thus no one had died," according to prosecutors.
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Post  bb1 on Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:01 pm


An Austrian police patrol had spotted the deserted truck and noticed liquid dripping from the vehicle -- decomposing body fluids, as it would later emerge.


Oh my God!

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Post  Lamplighter on Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:10 pm



The lorry - A4 also known as Ost Autobahn, near Pandorf in Neusiedl am See District, Burgenland.    This is the motorway I use when driving from here to Vienna.  LL
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Hitler house dispute rears its ugly head again

Post  Lamplighter on Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:04 pm

Austria: Dispute over who owns house where Hitler was born

VIENNA (AP) June 22, 2017 — A lawyer for the owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born is disputing the government's right to take possession of the property in Austria's highest court, saying authorities are using the measure "like a club" because his client refused purchase offers from authorities that were too low.

The challenge is in response to a government bill to take the house after owner Gerlinde Pommer refused to sell it. Hitler was born in 1889 in the house in Braunau am Inn, a town on the German border. The government wants to remodel the property's facade to reduce its draw as a shrine for admirers of the Nazi dictator and to offer it to an agency that runs workshops for disabled people.

Ahead of the first day of Constitutional Court hearings Thursday, lawyer Gerhard Lebitsch questioned the timing of the government's move so long after World War II, noting that "they could have neutralized the site 40-50 years ago."

While the price offered by the state has not been disclosed, Lebitsch suggested it was too low, describing the offer as "half-hearted." In court, officials for the government argued that the state decided to seize the house after the owner refused to make alternations needed for use for workshops. They also said the state was confronted with unjustified rent increases while leasing the building previously.
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Re: News from Austria

Post  bb1 on Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:18 pm

Is it me, or has this squabble been going on for years?

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Post  Lamplighter on Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:02 pm

bb1 wrote:Is it me, or has this squabble been going on for years?
Yup, this is about the 4th update I've posted up here. LL
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Post  bb1 on Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:11 pm

Ah, I thought that, LL. And every time a solution appears to have been found, someone manages to find something else to complain about and they're back to square one?

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Post  Lamplighter on Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:28 pm

bb1 wrote:Ah, I thought that, LL. And every time a solution appears to have been found, someone manages to find something else to complain about and they're back to square one?
Precissely.  Frau Ponner wouldn't sell it so the council took the case to the high court - mainly they want it stopped being a magnet for neo-nazi worshippers.    It would be easier if it was sequestered and pulled down and a carpark built over the site - much as they did in Spandau after Rudolf Hess, last nazi prisoner,  died there.    LL
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